Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli’s Message for 5/31
Grace and Peace to the saints in Cedarville
We are in the season of Pentecost – the familiar passage has new meanings in 2020.
Never before have we been hearing these verses with new ears to hear and eyes to see. The corona virus pulled us into our homes and we have longed for in-person worship. We know people who have died or others who have recovered from the virus. Never before have we seen our buildings as a place where something deadly can live and a simple handshake or breathing shared air might not be safe. We are seeing signs of life and hope and promise and look for a time when the windows can be open and I can come and other pastors to again proclaim the Word of God in person. Thank you for being faithful in staying apart in love and compassion.
The passage reminds us that the Holy Spirit comes upon us and within us and then calls us into community. You are wonderful in caring for the people of God in this area with your food ministry to so many. We hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us in faithfulness that our ministry is not about “us” but about caring for all the people of God. When people were touch the most was when Peter left the building to preach and we later read that more than 3,000 came to faith. Thanks be to God.
We hear of people who do not feel their voice is being heard and are protesting even to the point of riots. Because some feel their voices are not heard and live in fear about the color of their skin after unarmed people die.
Pentecost people are to hear the voices of the voiceless, to proclaim the love of God to all the people of God. Your ministry serves a community that is in need and that is faithful.
My prayer for you is that you continue to be Pentecost people with all you know in home and community, sharing the love of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May tongues of fire be upon you all with wonderful power!
Thanks be to God
Scripture for today’s message is from Acts 2: 1-13
Acts 2:1-13 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”